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U.S. NAVY RFP for Spoken English COMMS on Robotic Vessels

As summarized 30 December, 2019, by David Szondy at NewAtlas[dot]com, “To clear this bottleneck, the Navy wants to develop a system that will (in near real-time) receive secure radio bridge-to-bridge communications, convert speech to text, convert that text into something that the autonomous vessel can understand, form a solution to the navigation problem, and then reply in natural speech.”  Civilian uses are envisioned, as well, “…including unmanned commercial vessels that need to operate when satellite links are unavailable, ships with small crews, and even pleasure craft.”  Artist’s concept image courtesy of DARPA. For the fascinating details, please visit

Thanks to CDR David Place (USN/Ret), davidplace47[at]gmail[dot]com, and Robin E. Alexander, President ATC, alexander technical[at]gmail[dot]com, for their assistance with this report.

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